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Trinity Laban offers an extensive programme of professional development events for research students and staff.

Find details for sessions in 2020-21 below.

Researcher Development Series (RDS) and

Professional Development for Research Students (PDRS)

Sessions take place on occasional Wednesdays, online.


PDRS: What is plagiarism and how to avoid it

Date/time: 20 Jan 2021, 15.00-15.45
Facilitator: Hazel Bothma
Who should attend: RDP students, MA/MFA students
By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand what plagiarism is and that it is considered as academic malpractice
  • Examine examples and activities of what are considered plagiarism
  • Understand what is meant by contract cheating or paid plagiarism
  • Understand how to avoid plagiarising

RDS: Planning your research project: setting milestones and objectives

Date/time: 27 Jan 2021, 15.00-16.00
Facilitator: Jonathan Clark
Who should attend: Staff, RDP students, MFA students
By the end of the session you will:

  • Have an understanding of methods to manage time in the planning of research
  • Learn the importance of deadlines and milestones, both external and self-imposed
  • Have an understanding of a pragmatic approach to plan and complete research projects

RDS: Conferences: How to Choose, How to Submit 

Date/time: 3 Feb 2021, 15.00-16.00
Facilitators: Sophie Fuller, Emma Redding
Who should attend: Staff, RDP students, MFA students
By the end of the session you will:

  • Have gained an understanding of the benefits of attending and presenting your research at academic conferences, study days, symposia etc.
  • Have received advice on how to identify conferences etc. that are relevant to you.
  • Have received advice on how to prepare an abstract and submit it to a programme committee.

PDRS: Preparing for Your MPhil to PhD Upgrade

Date/time: 24 Feb 2021, 15.00-16.00
Facilitator: Jonathan Clark
Who should attend: RDP students
Format of the session: presentation followed by Q&A
By the end of the session you will have knowledge of:

  • what materials you will be expected to submit
  • strategies to prepare for and handle the examination

RDS: What journal editors are looking for in submissions

Date/time: 10 Mar 2021, 15.00-16.30
Facilitator: Prof Helen Thomas (Editor in Chief Dance Research Journal)
Who should attend: Staff, RDP students, MFA students

In preparation for the session it would be useful if you:

  • Familiarise yourself with a few journals in your field (dance, music, theatre etc.) that interest you and to which you might consider submitting an article, (standard academic type, practice based, or a book review).  Think through what you consider to be the benefits of publishing in a journal.

By the end of the session you will learn:
the key factors to consider when submitting an article or a book review for consideration to be published in a journal.

  • Important to know what journals are looking for in regard their areas of interest?
  • Follow the submission guidelines (don’t annoy the editor)
  • Highlight your specialisms in your biography
  • The importance of the Title and Abstract
  • Ensure that your paper reflects the above
  • If you get to the review stage, don’t be upset if the feedback seems negative.

RDS: Managing your research project/ collaborating and co-authoring

Date/time: 17 Mar 2021, 15.00-16.00
Facilitator: Jonathan Clark
Who should attend: Staff, RDP students, MFA students
By the end of the session you will:

  • Have an understanding of the key ethical and practical implications of working with others on research
  • Gain insight into the self-management of appropriate research timelines
  • Gain knowledge about planning budgets for research projects

PDRS: Thesis Formatting and Viva-Voce Examination Preparation

Date/time: 7 Apr 2021, 15.00-16.00
Facilitator: Jonathan Clark
Who should attend: RDP students
By the end of the session you will have:

  • Familiarity with presentational issues in the final PhD submission.
  • Preparation strategies for the viva examination.
  • Strategies for handling the viva itself.

RDS: Project Based Work in the Performing Arts

Date/time: 21 Apr 2021, 15.00-16.00
Facilitator: Charles Linehan
Who should attend: Staff, RDP students, MFA students
By the end of the session you will:

  • Have knowledge of the pragmatic nature of how independent artists work with management, funding bodies, promoters, producers and venues to realise work in the performing arts.

RDS: Disseminating your research – traditional and new communication platforms

Date/time: 12 May 2021, 15.00-16.00
Facilitator: Dario van Gammeren
Who should attend: Staff, RDP students, MFA students
By the end of the session you will:

  • Have reflected on your use of professional networks to engage with the wider research community;
  • Have examined innovative ways of communicating your research, using a variety of traditional and digital technologies; and
  • Understand how digital communication platforms can be used effectively to share information and promote research presence.

 


Please contact the Research Administrator Angela Kerkhoff for further details on any of the above events.

Trinity Laban staff and students can also find further details on Research PD events on Moodle.